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Luck

What does it mean to be lucky?

The dictionary describes luck as random, when things happen by chance. Things do seem to happen by chance sometimes...

The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.

Ecclesiastes 9:11

An athlete can fall during a race, an investor can loose their money when a business fails, a friend can be diagnosed with cancer, while a criminal may escape without being punished.

Equally, good things can happen; people fall in love, cures for diseases are discovered, a job application is successful Ė but is it all really just luck? Or, is God really in control?

Good luck

God doesnít promise us good luck, in fact the word luck is never mentioned in the Bible. There are no random or chance happenings with God in control. God has a purpose for this world and there is no event in our lives that is not in some way a part of that plan.

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Isaiah 45:7

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.       Romans 8:28-29

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3 

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. Proverbs 16:33

Perhaps instead of wishing our friends "good luck" it would be much better to say "God bless you"

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Success

When we wish someone "good luck" donít we really mean that we wish them success, happiness, good health, happy families, contentment and other good things?

That may not seem like a bad thing at all, but it is so easy to let money be the top priority in our livesÖ

Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this, or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If it is the Lordís will, we will live and do this or that." James 4:13

We are surrounded by pressure to achieve success, to work harder, earn more money, buy a bigger house, a newer carÖ

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:9

God wants us to trust in Him, not in money;

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28

The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and He has set the world upon them. He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail. 1 Samuel 2:7-9

If we trust in God and try to follow His ways Ö

God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within usÖ   Ephesians 3:20

Godís word, the Bible, teaches us His way to find happiness.

Do not let this Book of the Law (Bible) depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful wherever you go. Joshua 1:8

Gambling

You may know of people who have lost their homes or their fortunes or their families by gambling, Gambling seems to offer a way to get money quickly and easily but the Bible offers good advice;

    Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. Proverbs 13:11

    The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10

    A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. Proverbs 28:20

Starting over

Jesus told a parable about a rich young man who gambled away all his inheritance and everything that he had. He was so desperate that he found a job feeding pigs and so hungry that he would eat some of the pigs food. You can read about it in Luke 15:11-32.

The young man was afraid to go back to his fatherís house but when he did he was welcomed with open arms. God is like the young manís father, Heís waiting for us to get our priorities right, and willing to forgive us our mistakes if we repent.

    The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.             2 Peter 3:9

    Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. Matthew 10:29

    We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5

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Out of control:

The amount spent in Britain in 2005 on gambling was 50 billion pounds. This was a seven-fold increase on what it was in 2001(when betting taxes were cut).

Many countries around the world have experienced a increase in gambling in recent years. One of the main causes is the number of new games and forms of gambling introduced to target specific interest groups.

 

 

 

 

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